You can’t make this stuff up.
Imagine living in fear and uncertainty under the imminent threat that this could happen to you:
According to a recent scientific study, peas, that’s right, peas, live in communities, communicate with each other, have memories, and feel stress; therefore, we need to open the discussion concerning the ethical treatment of vegetables.
Now Peas! (I mean, Please!) You’ve got to be kidding me!
This time, I have to admit, I’m finally stumped. I just can’t find the Biltrix here. On further thought, I suppose I will eventually have to give up eating Greek yogurt, because, after all, yogurt contains live active cultures.
Now I’m starting to feel sorry for the poor vegans: if this slippery slope continues, what are they going to eat?
This certainly raises huge ethical concerns.
It also seems to raise a dilemma. If scientists are prompting ethicists to ponder these questions seriously, should they not also be prompting them to ask the same types of questions before terminating the life of vulnerable human beings?
Certainly, there are forms of communication between a mother and the child in her womb, or between twins in the womb — as scientific evidence seems to show. Certainly, people in so-called vegetative states, like Terri Schiavo, show signs of stress when they are deprived of food and water. Their brains still emit measurable brainwaves up until the moment of death.
I have to admit — apologies included — I feel a little embarrassed about comparing humans with plants in this way. But that’s where we are at, I suppose.
The real ethical question, as far as I think we should be concerned, is not whether our criteria for discerning the intrinsic dignity of peas is a real matter of interest, but whether those criteria are not, perhaps, beneath a reasonable human being’s intelligent and moral standards. There is certainly room for more elevated standards in ethical discussion. Think of it this way:
What else can you say?
If you are still concerned about vegetable rights, you can continue reading about the ethical treatment of peas here.